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Name: Mary Demchak
Funeral Home: Askew-Houser Funeral Homes
Born: March 26, 1928
Died: October 30, 2016
Obituary: DEMCHAK – Mary, 88, of Reno, Nevada, formerly of Jackson Twp., passed away peacefully on October 30, 2016 at home with her daughter and grandson at her side. Born March 26, 1928 in Coalport, daughter of the late John and Helen (Eget) Hancharick. Preceded in death by husband, John; brothers, Joseph and John; and sister, Helen Krempasky. Survived by children, Paula (William) Shoemaker; John (Rita) Demchak; Robert Demchak; Thomas Demchak; MaryAnn Demchak; James (Janice) Demchak; and Janice (Jack) Bernat. 12 Grandchildren (Rob, Erin, Jacob, John Michael, Micala, Anthony, Cory, Tracy, Melissa, Matthew, Anna, Seth) and 14 Great Grandchildren, and one honorary great grandson in Reno. Also survived by sister, Margaret “Marge” Younkin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Former member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Mundy’s Corner and current member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Reno. Mary was a loving wife, mother and grandmother; enjoyed camping and fishing with her husband; and cooking family dinners. She was proud to have won a recipe contest and enjoyed sharing her ethnic recipes with others. She also enjoyed crocheting and made numerous afghans for her family. Mary loved spending time with all of her family. When Mary moved to Reno in 2014 to live with her daughter MaryAnn and grandson Anthony, she embraced many new experiences: going to hot air balloon races, trying new foods and drinks (Margaritas, tacos, and homemade juice made by Anthony during her last days), weekly hair appointments, lunches and breakfasts out with her numerous new friends at new restaurants, regular games of Bingo, social gatherings at home, participating in various church activities, introducing backyard fires and mountain pies to her new friends, teaching friends to play Parcheesi, accompanying her daughter to work activities and getting to know her daughter’s university students. It was a special highlight that she got to personally meet Hillary Clinton. She enjoyed phone calls and visits from family back East and receiving photos, videos, arts and crafts from great grandchildren. She always had a strong faith and took comfort in prayers and inspirational readings. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Nanty Glo, where vigil prayer service will be held. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on Thursday at St John Vianney Church, the Very Rev. Andrew C. Stanko, V.F., celebrant. Interment, St. Mary’s Cemetery, Nanty Glo. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s memory to the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, 1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW Suite 1200 Washington, DC 20036 or online at